Real transformation can only happen by the Holy Spirit – 2 Corinthians 3:17-18.
- This is also the state of the first disciples before Jesus returns to Heaven – Acts 1:5– “…for John truly baptized with water,but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” – referencing Luke 3:16
Transformation starts with Spirit filled individuals.
- How’s that look? – Romans 12:2 – And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
- Last week we talked about being filled with God’s Spirit and how this leads to transformation.
- The speech-inspired looks like an effective community that cares for each other.
- Romans 12:3-8– For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith. 4 For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, 5 so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. 6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; 7 or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; 8 he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.
The “Great Co-mission!”
- Matthew 28:19– Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
- First Assembly’s mission statement is similar – The mission of the Church is to radically and supernaturally change its surroundings rather than being changed by them, to create an environment of multiplication, to be a gateway for our region and the world to the eternal God, and to make disciples for Jesus Christ.
The “Great Co-mission!” requires a transformed co-mm-unity.
- And how does transformation look? – relationship – Genesis 1:27 – So God created man in His own image … and part of that image is relationship/unity
- Spiritual gifts require unity –Ephesians 4:1-7
- Many bypass the unity scriptures thru-out Ephesians (4:11)
- It’s by the love for one another we are to be identified – 1 Corinthians 13
Team transformation looks like something.
- They had all things in common – Acts 2:45 and Acts 4:32-37
- Transformation changes your heart towards others – 1 Corinthians 13:7 – Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
- But trusting others requires total trust in the Lord – Proverbs 3:5-6 – Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
We need a vision.
- Proverbs 29:18a – Where there is no vision (divine guidance), the people perish (run wild):
- Habakkuk 2:2 -Then the Lord answered me said: Write the vision, make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it.
- A vision, specifically how we accomplish our specific mission – seeing with the eyes of the Holy Spirit
- Gateway, Gilgal-base camp, lifestyle, engage the culture, create disciples that multiply disciples
Why is local church transformation so important in this day?
- Because it changes the atmosphere.
- If God wants to pour out His Spirit, we have an obligation and responsibility to this place
- There has been a concerted effort to dumb down, weaken the Church